This is not only prevalent in the United States ad campaigns.
And while I can't run a "cola war" parallel with these (as they don't
have martial arts training or parasitic troop deployment), they are
definite cousins to the US ads. Humor is an excellent way to keep a
The next three commercials are from Scotland for Irn Bru and are, in my opinion, laugh out loud funny:
That kid'll grow up to be a football player. Or grow up to be this guy:
how his butt is in the product splash shot of each ad. An odd concept,
as it sort'a pulls your eye away from the actual product.
Next up is Thailand. I'm not sure what the name of the drink is (unless it's Aon), but I really love it.
The expression on the father's face when the kid is shining his shoes is priceless.
saved the strangest for last (believe it or not). While this is not a
new ad campaign (it's from the 1970s), I just had to include it. It is
from Germany, for a now defunct soft drink called Fizzi Pop:
creeps me out is the not remotely veiled child stalker aspect of this
commercial. It is creepy in the way that a clown with a pocket full of
candy, toys, and condoms can only aspire at being.
I'm not sure
how accurate this information is (as I couldn't find any confirmation
of it), but the original poster of this commercial on YouTube says that
the ad was not well received by the public. He also states that Fizzi
Pop was recalled due to high degrees of a certain red dye used as an
ingredient. The scariest thing he states is that the company that
manufactured this soft drink now makes flea collars!
Teaser Image courtesy of dcJohn via Flickr Commons.